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I guide teams to use a Human-Centered Approach to design the Employee & Candidate Experience.

I deliver keynotes and interactive workshop sessions at conferences, offsites and private team summits on topics such as:

Journey Mapping the Employee & Candidate Experience

Aligning Customer & Employee Experience with a Human-Centered Strategy

Design Thinking for People Ops & Talent Acquisition Teams

Collaborating Effectively with Diverse, Remote and Global Teams

How would you describe Vanessa as a facilitator?

Vanessa is delightful, funny, aware and respectful.

Her approach to group facilitation is both entertaining and effective. Highly recommend working with Vanessa in any way you can.

Dennis Britton

Agile Coach, PayPal

Courageous and human-loving.

Vanessa is one of the most courageous and human-loving people I know. Her passion for creating positive change in the world of work is infectious.

Terrence Harewood

Vanessa is very energetic and welcoming. I flew in from Shanghai for the event and she immediately made me feel welcomed.

Fukuko Ayama

Vanessa is methodical in what she teaches, but accessible and helps you feel comfortable to try out new concepts.

Dante Nuno

Head of HR, OmniSci

Want to propose Vanessa as a speaker at your upcoming company summit, team offsite, or industry conference?

A different kind of keynote

Experience transformational facilitation, not just ‘Raise-your-hand-if…’ audience polling.

Have you ever brought in a speaker and asked them to make the session interactive and they *promise* to do so?

But… their session is 100+ slides and they lecture for an hour, only with the occasional pause to ask the audience “Raise your hand if…”

True facilitation is engaging, dynamic and thoughtfully planned and prepared.

It’s way more than audience poll with a hand raise here and there.

When it comes to facilitation, I am serious about providing a dynamic and engaging session, whether a team of 5 people or an audience of 500+. 

I bring 12 years of experience facilitating groups, but to get there I spent many years understudying with master facilitators. Investing tens-of-thousands and flying across the world to prestigious training institutes in Italy, Germany, US, Mexico and Switzerland.

“Vanessa is a rare bird. She is able to facilitate complex concepts with an uncanny attention to both details and big picture strategy, with a focus on making it tangible for immediate application.”

Mariah DeLeon

Former VP of HR at Glassdoor

“As an educator/trainer, Vanessa is a natural. She knows how to gauge her audience and modify accordingly. Her session was informative, inspiring and thought provoking.”

Lisette Miranda

CEO/Founder of International Study Abroad Programs

Think of me like your conference BFF, because I’ve been exactly where you are: schedule planning, vendor coordinating and speaker-wrangling for slide decks!

I co-founded and grew a conference to 500+ in San Francisco. I’ve been exactly where you are — nagging speakers for slide decks, and playing schedule rubix-cube to keep the content flow making sense.

I’ve held many roles on and behind the stage – content designer, keynote, Emcee, production team, volunteer coordinator and more.

My philosophy is I have 3 groups I serve when delivering a session on the stage:

Engage the audience to experience something tangible

Support event organizers to feel at ease and confident in my attention to detail

Collaborate with keynotes and facilitators to ensure the audience experience is cohesive between sessions

This holistic approach creates an experience of community, collaboration and driving towards IMPACT.

I leave no stone unturned to support you in creating an awe-inspiring event.

OFFICIAL BIO

I’m Vanessa, a master facilitator and workplace innovator who guides teams to solve complex people problems through collaborative and creative practices.

I am founder of the Human Side of Tech and The Workplace Lab – the first of its kind Design Thinking incubator for HR & Talent leaders to prototype and build new people practices.

Over the last 12 years I’ve built a dynamic portfolio across sectors, having facilitated and worked with teams in place like The Pentagon, Stanford University, and with leaders at Fortune 500.

As a tri-sector leader, I’ve helped teams solve complex challenges in government, business and education. I’m bilingual English-Spanish and lived in Spain for 4 years while working with multinationals and developing programs for global and remote teams.

Trusted Facilitator & Speaker by leaders from:

WHAT KIND OF IMPACT DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR AUDIENCE?

IMPROVE CROSS-FUNCTIONAL COLLABORATION & TEAM ALIGNMENT

ENGAGED & CREATIVE CULTURE THAT TAKES RISKS TOGETHER

INCLUSIVE & EQUITABLE PEOPLE PRACTICES

SENSE OF BELONGING FOR DIVERSE, GLOBAL & REMOTE TEAMS

Tell Us about your Event & Learn about Vanessa’s approach to see if we’re a good fit.

I have learned so many facilitation techniques I can bring back to my team.

I appreciate how Vanessa models behavior and is thoughtful in how she frames the design thinking concepts.

Simone Shorter

People & Talent Leader

Vanessa has helped me demonstrate the value of investing in employee experience at our company.

The insights and expertise around building community and culture are invaluable to professionals in all roles, especially those in office and people operations.

Eleanor Whitney

All Hands Magazine / Managed by Q

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